Director behind M.I.A. documentary leaks teaser, quits project
Remember that documentary M.I.A. revealed she was working on last year? Directed by longtime collaborator Steve Loveridge, it was set to feature archival footage of M.I.A., Diplo, and a few others, as well as interviews with Kanye West, Spike Jonze (who M.I.A. had previously worked on a documentary with) and Interscope's Jimmy Iovine. Last night, Loveridge leaked a trailer for the documentary in hopes of getting Interscope and Roc Nation, M.I.A.'s label as of May last year, to fully commit to pushing forward with the project, quoting Loveridge, "This was a teaser from 2012 to show Interscope what the film would feel like. Reblog the shit out of this and maybe they'll wake up…"
The trailer has been removed by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry due to a copyright infringement claim despite Loveridge himself releasing the trailer. Things only got worse, it seems, when Loveridge posted an email conversation with a Roc Nation representative reassuring Loveridge that the label were going ahead with the project to get it done for the release of new album Matangi. However, when the rep said that the leak "screws with everything we've been working on setting up Matangi," Loveridge gave the rather succinct reply, "I really couldn't give a flying fuck. Count me out. Would rather die than work on this... nothing personal :)"
Directorless and, apparently, backerless, M.I.A. took to twitter last night to call on her fans to start up a Kickstarter to get the project going; "im gonna need @kickstarter and my fans to help make this exist, ive been black listed through normal channels !!!!!!!"
It seems that no-one is really sure what is going on with this documentary. By the sounds of it, most of the interviews have been recorded and the archival footage collected, and it was just a case of putting the film together proper. Yet it also seems as though Roc Nation now want nothing to do with the project, if M.I.A. is having to use independent funding to get it released. It's fair to say, everything is pretty up in the air right now and, until we hear an official word, everything is just speculation.
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